Greenhouse, Garden & Allotment Blog

Getting Ready for Spring with Sunflowers

Posted by Purple Sweetpea, Claire Keen on 7th Mar 2017

Both my sons love sunflowers, they are big bright and cheerful. My youngest Sam, when he was around 17 months, cried when we cut down our first ever sunflowers at the end of the season. Since then I have left them for as long as possible for the boys to enjoy and for the birds to feast on the bountiful seeds in their enormous flowers.Sunflowers are easy to sow; nurture and they are great fun for kids too. They grow pretty fast and have a spectacular result, especially once they have opened their beautiful golden yellow heads. Last year’s sunflowers were planted in a row at our allotmen
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Gardening for me is a family affair

Posted by Purple Sweetpea, Claire Keen on 28th Feb 2017

Gardening for me is a family affair, for generations my family have made outdoor spaces beautiful and productive. I have treasured memories of playing in my grandad’s garden as a child, surrounded by fragrant scented sweet peas and my great grandad even won many awards for his roses. Most weekends I can be found at the allotment with my gorgeous family. I have two sons who have enjoyed the allotment since they were babies. The eldest Joseph is 5 and my youngest Samuel has recently turned 4. My dad (grandad) frequently joins us, and on occasion grandma and my husband too. I fee
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